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Claude Moorman
Claude T. Moorman, III, MD

Edward N. Hanley, Jr., MD Endowed Chair
Professor & Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
President, Atrium Health Musculoskeletal Institute

Undergraduate School: Duke University
Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, Duke University
Fellowship: Sports Medicine/Shoulder Service, The Hospital for Special Surgery

Dr. Moorman, chair of the Department of Orthopaedic surgery, previously served as a Clinical Professor/Vice-Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University Medical Center. He has served as Executive Director of the James R. Urbaniak Sports Sciences Institute at Duke University Medical Center. He is a prior AOSSM/ESSKA European traveling fellow, President of ACC Team Physicians Society, and Southern Orthopaedic Association. He has served as Chairman for the AOSSM Membership Committee in addition to serving on various other AOSSM committees. He serves as a reviewer for the American Journal of Sports Medicine JAAOS, North Carolina Medical Journal. Dr. Moorman’s research and clinical interests include multiple ligament knee injuries and shoulder instability. He has spoken extensively on these subjects at national and international meetings and has authored over 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts on orthopaedic topics.

 
Brian Scannell, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Residency Program Director

Undergraduate School: University of Georgia
Medical School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Residency: Carolinas Medical Center
Fellowship: Pediatric Orthopaedics, Rady Children's Hospital of San Diego

Dr. Scannell specializes in pediatric orthopaedics and serves as the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program Director. Raised in Charlotte, Dr. Scannell graduated with Honors from the University of Georgia. There he was a NCAA All-American swimmer and competed in the 2000 Olympic Trials.  He received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While there, he met his wife who is a pediatrician. He completed his residency, which included participation in the year-long research fellowship, at Carolinas Medical Center. In 2013, he completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics at Rady Children's Hospital of San Diego. He has a wide range of pediatric clinical interests including trauma, spine, hip disorders, and lower extremity deformity. He previously served as the Associate Program Director for 4 years and became the Program Director in 2019.

dr joshua patt
Joshua Patt, MD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Musculoskeletal Institute Vice Chair of Education
Sarcoma Section Chief

Undergraduate School: Brown University
Medical School: Tulane University
Residency: Carolinas Medical Center
Fellowship: Musculoskeletal Oncology and Spine, University of Washington

Dr. Patt specializes in musculoskeletal oncology and spine surgery. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Patt serves as Vice Chair of Education for the Musculoskeletal Institute and Chair of the Council of Orthopaedic Surgery Directors (CORD). He was the residency program director for 7 years. He is a member of the American Orthopaedic Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society, NASS, and the Cervical Spine Research Society. Dr. Patt earned his master's degree in public health from the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. His primary research interests are clinical outcomes in oncology, spinal tumors, geriatric hip fracture outcomes, and resident education. He has published 44 peer reviewed journal articles, 12 book chapters, and has done scientific presentations at multiple regional and national meetings. Dr. Patt's clinical practice includes the treatment and evaluation of sarcomas as well as the comprehensive management of spinal disorders with a particular interest in traumatic and oncologic diagnoses.

Laurence B. Kempton, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Associate Residency Program Director
Director of Medical Student Education

Undergraduate School: University of Chicago
Medical School: University of Illinois, College of Medicine
Residency: Beaumont Health (Royal Oak)
Fellowship: Orthopaedic Trauma, Carolinas Medical Center

Dr. Kempton specializes in orthopaedic trauma surgery. He is a Co-Associate Program Director of the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency and director of the orthopaedic surgery medical student rotation at Carolinas Medical Center. He returned to Charlotte in 2017 after spending 4 years at the Indiana University School of Medicine. While there, he served as Director of Clinical Research and faculty for the orthopaedic surgery residency and orthopaedic trauma fellowship. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and of the American Orthopaedic Association, a member of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, and a member of the American Orthopaedic Association. His research has been published in Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. View a full list of academic journal publications here.

Nady Hamid, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Associate Residency Program Director
Director of Surgical Simulation

Undergraduate School: University of South Alabama
Medical School: University of Alabama
Residency: Carolinas Medical Center
Fellowship: Shoulder and Elbow, Washington University
Post Fellowship Training: Shoulder Surgery, L’archet University Hospital in Nice, France

Dr. Hamid specializes in treating disorders of the shoulder and elbow. He serves as Director of Surgical Simulation and Co-Associate Program Director for the Orthopaedic Surgery Program. Dr. Hamid completed his residency at Carolinas Medical Center and his fellowship training in shoulder and elbow surgery at the esteemed Shoulder and Elbow Center at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He also traveled to Nice, France for further training in advanced arthroscopic shoulder surgery and complex shoulder reconstruction. He has published several scientific articles and book chapters pertaining to rotator cuff disease, shoulder arthritis, and post-traumatic elbow disorders. He currently serves as a scientific reviewer for the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.

 
Joseph R. Hsu, MD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Limb Lengthening and Deformity Section Chief
Vice Chair for Quality, Medical Director of Global Healthcare Services, Atrium Health Musculoskeletal Institute

Undergraduate School: United States Military Academy
Medical School: Tulane University
Residency: Tulane University
Fellowships: Orthopaedic Trauma & Adult Reconstruction, Tulane University; Limb Salvage/Reconstruction, Lecco, Italy and Kurgan Ilizarov Center, Kurgan Russia

Dr. Hsu hails from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was an Honor Graduate from the United States Military Academy in 1994 and then went on to receive his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Hsu completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at Tulane University and Charity Hospital in New Orleans, LA. He subsequently pursued a fellowship in orthopaedic trauma and adult reconstruction at Tulane University and Charity Hospital. Dr. Hsu also completed Limb Salvage/Reconstruction fellowships in the Ilizarov Method in Lecco, Italy and at the Kurgan Ilizarov Center in Kurgan, Russia. He was deployed in 2006 to Baghdad, Iraq with the 10th Combat Support Hospital at Ibn Sina Hospital. He is an active investigator in the Major Extremity Trauma Consortium (METRC).

Madhav A. Karunakar, MD
Madhav A. Karunakar, MD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Trauma Fellowship Program Director

Undergraduate School: Pomona College
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Residency: University of Cincinnati
Fellowship: Orthopaedic Trauma, Carolinas Medical Center

Dr. Karunakar specializes in the treatment of traumatic musculoskeletal conditions, fractures and complications. He is actively involved in the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the American Orthopaedic Association. Dr. Karunakar’s clinical research interests are vast and include outcomes of traumatic acetabulum injuries, outcomes of orthopaedic trauma patients with hyperglycemia and obesity, and prognostic factors for common orthopaedic complications. His research has been recognized at the annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has contributed many book chapters to the orthopaedic trauma literature and also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma.

Jeffrey S. Kneisl, MD
Jeffrey S. Kneisl, MD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Atrium Health Marie-Claire Marroum, MD Distiguished Chair of Orthopaedic Oncology
Executive Vice Chair, Atrium Health Musculoskeletal Institute
Chief Surgical Officer Carolinas Medical Center

Undergraduate School: Northwestern University
Medical School: Northwestern University
Residency: Northwestern University
Fellowship: Musculoskeletal Oncology, University of Chicago

Dr. Kneisl specializes in the treatment of tumors of the musculoskeletal system.  He is a member of the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society, the Society for Surgical Oncology, the Children’s Oncology Group and the International Society for the Study of Limb Salvage. He specializes in the area of bone and soft tissue tumors and serves as leader of the Bone and Soft Tissue Tumor Group, coordinating multidisciplinary care for patients with these complex conditions.

Dr. Kevin Phelps 
Kevin D. Phelps, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: Centre College
Medical School: Vanderbilt School of Medicine
Residency: Carolinas Medical Center
Fellowship: Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Dr. Phelps specializes in Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery. Originally from Kentucky, he left for medical school, residency and fellowship. He has returned to Charlotte, NC after finishing a fellowship in Houston, TX honing in his skills in the treatment of complex orthopaedic fractures and soft tissue injuries. His favorite cases involve complex pelvis and acetabular trauma. Dr. Phelps has done extensive research in improvements in operative planning and technique. In his spare time he enjoys football, concerts, CrossFit, and a variety of outdoor activities.

Stephen H. Sims, MD
Stephen H. Sims, MD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Trauma Section Chief

Undergraduate School: Clemson University
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Residency: Medical College of Virginia
Fellowship: Orthopaedic Trauma, Switzerland

Dr. Sims specializes in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and fractures. He teaches surgical techniques for the treatment of such injuries throughout the world, and has served as course director on many occasions for educational activities throughout North America. He is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Association and the Orthopaedic Trauma Association. Dr. Sims’ clinical research has contributed extensively to the orthopaedic trauma literature.

 
Colin Anderson, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: Carleton College
Medical School: University of Minnesota
Residency: University of Colorado 
Fellowship: University of Florida

Dr. Anderson is a clinician scientist specializing in orthopedic oncology and sarcoma basic science research. Originating from Minnesota, Dr. Anderson earned his undergraduate degree at Carleton College and then attended medical school at the University of Minnesota. He completed orthopedic residency at the University of Colorado followed by a two-year clinical and basic science research fellowship in orthopedic oncology at the University of Florida. In addition to specializing in the treatment of benign and malignant conditions of the musculoskeletal system, Dr. Anderson also specializes in complex pelvic and rotationplasty surgery. His research interests include sarcoma molecular characterization and identification of novel biomarkers, developing clinical tools utilizing state-of-the-art technologies such as next generation sequencing to aid in cancer diagnosis and surveillance that are specifically designed for sarcoma patients, and establishment of a sarcoma biorepository for the development of improved in vitro sarcoma pre-clinical models utilizing three-dimensional culture technology. Dr. Anderson is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society. In his free time, Dr. Anderson enjoys hiking and fishing. He lives in Charlotte with his wife Shelbi and two golden retrievers Ellie and Cheddar.

 Brian K. Brighton, MD
Brian K. Brighton, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Pediatric Section Chief

Undergraduate School: Boston University
Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine
Residency: Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio
Fellowship: Pediatric Orthopaedics, Children's Hospital Boston

Dr. Brighton grew up in Barnegat, NJ, and attended Boston University. He graduated with a BS in Health Sciences (Magna Cum Laude) in 1997. He graduated Cum Laude and Alpha Omega Alpha from Boston University School of Medicine in 2002 with his MD as well as an MPH (Master's Degree of Public Health) from Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. Brighton completed residency at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH and fellowship at the Children's Hospital Boston. He received a Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) Research Grant in 2007 to perform outcomes research in pediatric orthpaediccs. He is interested in scoliosis and spinal deformity, pediatric trauma, and quality improvement indicators in healthcare. He lives in Charlotte with his wife Erin and three children, Quinn, Julia, and Noelle.

Scott Burbank
Scott Burbank, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: Bucknell University
Medical School: Jefferson Medical College
Residency: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital/The Rothman Institute
Fellowship: Sports Medicine Southern California Orthopaedic Institute

Head Team Physician South Mecklenburg High School
Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery, CMC-Pineville Hospital
Clinical Faculty, CMC Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program
Clinical Faculty, CMC Family Medicine Sports Medicine Fellowship
Joint Certification Lead Physician at CMC-Pineville

Virginia Casey, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina
Medical School: University of Oklahoma
Residency: University of Utah
Fellowship: Pediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Dr. Casey brings to her practice a strong background in all areas of children's orthopaedic conditions, from simple strains to complex reconstructive hip surgery. She treats children of all ages, including newborns, adolescents and young adults. Her special interest is in hip disorders. Dr. Casey earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her medical degree from the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After completing her residency at the University of Utah's Department of Orthopaedics, Dr. Casey began her specialization in pediatric orthopaedics by completing a fellowship at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas, Texas. Academic achievements range from awards for outstanding resident research to excellence in academic performance and potential for contributions in the field of medicine. In her spare time, Dr. Casey enjoys spending time with her husband, Kevin, and their two children, Turner and Claire. She stays active by biking, hiking and camping.

Christopher Chadderdon, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: Bowdoin University
Medical School: Dartmouth College
Residency: Virginia Commonwealth University
Fellowship: Hand, Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia Hand Center

Dr. Chadderdon brings with him the expertise of Dartmouth Medical School and the Philadelphia Hand Center at Thomas Jefferson University, where he received valuable training and experience in orthopaedic hand surgery. Dr. Chadderdon's research interests include gene therapy. He has contributed to several publications throughout his career and his award winning work has been published in international journals of orthopaedic medicine. He also participates in the congenital hand clinic, which provides great experience for residents.

 
Todd M. Chapman Jr., MD, MSc

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: Davidson College
Medical School: Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Masters: Physiology, Georgetown University 
Residency: Duke University Medical Center
Fellowship: Adult and Pediatric Spine Surgery fellowship, Washington University School of Medicine/ Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Dr. Chapman was born in Durham, NC but has been a native Charlottean with deep roots in this community for the majority of his life. He completed his college and medical school nearby at Davidson College and then Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. Chapman’s clinical practice specializes in spinal diseases of the cervical, thoracic, lumbar spine, tailoring a treatment plan for each patient individually. These conditions include pediatric, adult, and complex spinal deformity including congenital, adolescent, and adult idiopathic scoliosis and kyphosis as well as revision spine surgery. He has served as the vice president of the North Carolina Spine Society. Dr. Chapman has extensive research experience concentrated on addressing deformity in spine patients. His commitment to patients is paralleled by that to teaching his residents and fellows. He is married to Jenny, a physician assistant. 

Christian Clark, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: University of Rochester
Medical School: Georgetown University
Residency: University of Hawaii (internship), National Naval Medical Center
Fellowship: Pediatric Orthopaedics, Nemours Children’s Center

Dr. Clark earned his bachelor's degree with honors from the University of Rochester. Moving on to the nation's capital, he attended the Georgetown University School of Medicine to obtain a degree in medicine. Dr. Clark has a solid record of naval service with 10 years of active duty spanning from 1997-2007. His military career included a tour in Iraq along with stints in Maryland, VA and South Carolina. He served as a General Medical Officer before specializing in orthopaedic surgery and completed his surgical residency at the National Naval Medical Center of Bethesda, Maryland. His free time is centered on spending time with his wife, Cynthia, and their two children, Alexis and Grant.

Bruce E. Cohen, MD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
CEO, OrthoCarolina

Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
Residency: Carolinas Medical Center
Fellowship: Foot and Ankle, Medical College of Wisconsin and American Sports Medicine Institute

After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Medical College of Georgia, the Atlanta native performed fellowships in foot and ankle surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the American Sports Medicine Institute. Prior to his return to Charlotte, Dr. Cohen served as an orthopaedic surgeon in Tallahassee, Florida. Dr. Cohen and his colleagues are leaders in the education of foot and ankle disorders. He also serves as an editor for several acclaimed orthopaedic journals.

Patrick Connor, MD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Sports Medicine Section Chief

Undergraduate School: Oklahoma State University
Medical School: University of Oklahoma
Residency: Carolinas Medical Center
Fellowships: Shoulder, New York Orthopaedic Hospital and Elbow, Mayo Clinic

Dr. Connor came to Charlotte in 1996 and was the region's first physician to be fellowship and specialty-trained in both shoulder and elbow surgery. Dr. Connor is the head team physician for the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Knights and Joe Gibbs Racing, Inc. In addition to treating Charlotte-area patients, he is a recognized regional and national expert in the areas of arthroscopic and reconstructive shoulder and elbow surgery, sports medicine, and arthroscopic and reconstructive knee surgery. Actively involved in resident and fellow education, Dr. Connor is also a leader in orthpaedicc research and development and serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and the American Journal of Sports Medicine. His knowledge and expertise are vital in the evolution of surgical techniques such as hamstring ACL reconstruction, arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery, elbow arthroscopy, and shoulder and elbow replacement surgery. Dr. Connor has been a tennis professional with over seven years of experience in instruction, and was formerly ranked in the top 10 in the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis.

 Dr. Darden
Bruce Darden, MD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: Davidson College
Medical School: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Residency: Carolinas Medical Center
Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine, Spine Surgery

Dr. Bruce Darden is a spine surgeon with OrthoCarolina here in Charlotte, NC. His clinical interests lie mostly in cervical disk replacement and laminoplasties. He has been the president of the Cervical Spine Research Society from 2013-2014 and remains committed to improving cervical spine care. He is also the treasurer of the Lumbar Spine Research Society. Dr. Darden is dedicated to education of both residents and fellows. He has served as fellowship director for spine surgery with OrthoCarolina until 2015. He is currently the Research Advisory Committee Chair for the OrthoCarolina Research Institute.

Originally a North Carolinian, Dr. Darden has spent his life caring for the residents of this region. He retains close ties to Davidson College as a mentor in their Medical Ethics Program. In Charlotte, he is the Myers Park High School team physician and has been for nearly 20 years. He is married to Debra and together they have 6 grandchildren. In his spare time, Dr. Darden enjoys golf, cycling and skiing.

W. Hodges Davis, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Foot and Ankle Section Chief

Undergraduate School: Duke University
Medical School: Tulane University
Residency: Tulane University
Fellowship: Foot and Ankle, Hospital for Special Surgery

When Dr. Davis chose medicine as his profession, he was following in some big footsteps. A third-generation physician, Dr. Davis grew up observing his grandfather, a family practice physician and dermatologist for 50 years, and his father, a cardiovascular surgeon, taking care of people in times of need. His family's dedication and example, along with his own desire to help find solutions for difficult problems, has motivated Dr. Davis throughout his career. A specialist in foot and ankle surgery, Dr. Davis is also a foot and ankle consultant for multiple regional and national dance companies. He is a former assistant orthopaedic consultant for the New York City Ballet. A father of five boys, Dr. Davis also donates his time during each fall providing medical care for local high school football teams. He has published dozens of articles and book chapters and edits a peer-reviewed journal. He has also delivered over 100 presentations, both nationally and internationally, on topics ranging from shoe wear to surgery for foot deformities and trauma. Dr. Davis and his colleagues are involved in the development of leading-edge technologies and techniques for foot and ankle surgery.

Kent Ellington, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina - Charlotte
Medical School: Wake Forest University
Residency: Carolinas Medical Center
Fellowship: Foot and Ankle, Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy

As an award winning surgeon, with over 15 years of research experience, Dr. Ellington has two patents pending and is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology at UNC Charlotte. Dr. Ellington completed his residency at Carolinas Medical Center and is a past CMC research fellow. He is also active in teaching orthpaedicc residents and fellows at CMC. He spends time with local junior high and high schools teaching about trauma prevention. Dr. Ellington is the Head Team Physician for the Charlotte Copperheads. He is active in orthopaedic research as a member of the board of directors at the OrthoCarolina Research Institute, and a reviewer for the Journal of Foot and Ankle International in addition to many active research projects. His clinical interest include lower extremity deformity correction, trauma and fracture care, foot and ankle arthroscopy, cartilage preservation techniques, and arthritis management of the foot and ankle, including ankle replacement.

Thomas Fehring, MD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: Wake Forest University
Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch
Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Fellowship: Adult Reconstructive Surgery, Vanderbilt University

Co-Director of OrthoCarolina Hip & Knee Center
Co-Director of OrthoCarolina Charitable Foundation
Medical Director Novant Orthopaedic Hospital (2000 – Present)
President of the Knee Society (2014 – 2015)
President of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (2013 - 2014)
Operation Walk Team Member - Cuba 2017

James Fleischli, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: Dartmouth College
Medical School: Baylor University
Residency: Carolinas Medical Center
Fellowship: Sports Medicine, American Sports Medicine Institute

Dr. Fleischli is a board and sub-specialty certified surgeon. After choosing to focus his career on sports-related injuries, Dr. Fleischli spent a yearlong fellowship working with Dr. James Andrews, learning leading techniques in arthroscopic surgery. After completing his fellowship, he began his practice where he specializes in sports medicine, shoulder and elbow surgery and knee reconstructive surgery. Dr. Fleischli regularly engages in teaching orthopaedic residents and fellows. He is actively involved in research related to sports medicine and his areas of interest include arthroscopic shoulder surgery, ligament reconstruction and new techniques for treating cartilage disorders, such as cartilage and meniscus transplantation. In addition, Dr. Fleischli served as the head team physician for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) from 2001-2020 and is team physician for the Charlotte Knights. He also is the team physician of several high schools in Charlotte. He and his wife Kimmery, enjoy free time with their three children; Emily, Alex and Annie.

Erika Gantt, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Medical School: Harvard University
Residency: New York and Presbyterian Hospital (internship), Hospital for Special Surgery
Fellowship: Hand, Upper Extremity and Microvascular Surgery, Duke University

A native of Charlotte, Dr. Gantt graduated as a Morehead scholar from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her medical degree at Harvard Medical School. She was an intern at the New York and Presbyterian Hospital, and completed her residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Before returning to Charlotte to practice, she completed a fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at Duke University under the direction of Dr. James Urbaniak. Her areas of practice include hand, wrist and elbow injuries and arthritic conditions of the hand and wrist. She has expertise in microvascular surgery. Dr. Gantt has served as a medical volunteer in Barbados, West Indies, Ghana and most recently in Haiti in 2011. She has an interest in the delivery of orthopaedic care in resource-poor countries. In her spare time Dr. Gantt enjoys spending time with her family, running, playing tennis, and knitting.

Ryan Garcia
Ryan Garcia, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: University of California, Los Angeles
Medical School: The George Washington University
Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, Case Western Reserve
Residency: Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Duke University
Fellowship: Hand/Upper Extremity, Microvascular Surgery, Duke University

Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Member of the American Medical Association (AMA)
Member of Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA)
Member of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
Member of North Carolina Medical Association
Candidate Member of the American Association of Hand Surgery (AAHS)
Candidate Member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH)

Michael Gart
Michael Gart, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: University of Florida
Medical School: Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Residency: Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Northwestern University
Fellowship: Research, Children's Hospital of Chicago
Fellowship: Hand & Upper Extremity, OrthoCarolina Hand Center

Board Certified, The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS)
Candidate Member of the American Socierty for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH)
Candidate Member of the American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS)
Candidate Member of the Plastic Surgery Research Council (PSRC)
Fellow Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Member of Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA)

Glenn Gaston, MD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery 
Hand Surgery Section Chief

Undergraduate School: University of Georgia
Medical School: University of Tennessee at Memphis
Residency: Atlanta Medical Center
Fellowship: Hand and Upper Extremity, The Indiana Hand Center

Dr. R. Glenn Gaston earned his bachelor's degree with honors from the University of Georgia where he was also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He then returned to his home state of Tennessee where he received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine at Memphis. His internship and orthopaedic surgery residency were completed at the Atlanta Medical Center where he served on the hospital ethics committee as well. He was awarded a distinguished hand surgery fellowship at the Indiana Hand Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. He currently serves as chief of hand service for the department of orthopaedic surgery at Carolinas Medical Center and is an active staff member at all area hospitals. He participates in the brachial plexus clinic, congenital hand clinic, and Reconstructive Center for Lost Limbs, which are highly unique educational opportunities for residents. Dr. Gaston is heavily involved in upper extremity research and has received numerous honors, including awards from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH). He lectures regularly at both regional and national upper extremity conferences. Dr. Gaston also serves as the hand consultant for the Carolina Panthers and NASCAR. He was recently named one of the top 45 hand surgeons in the U.S. by Becker’s ASC. Dr. Gaston enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, their two sons and daughter. He is an avid golfer and fisherman.

Todd Irwin, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: University of Michigan
Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
Residency: Beaumont Health (Royal Oak)
Fellowship: OrthoCarolina Foot and Ankle Institute

Dr. Irwin specializes in Foot and Ankle surgery. He returned to Charlotte in 2017 after spending the previous seven years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Department of Orthopaedic Surgery where he served as the Assistant Program Director for Skills. Dr. Irwin is actively involved in teaching residents and fellows and has lectured nationally on numerous topics pertaining to Foot and Ankle Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Irwin’s research has been published in leading international Orthopaedic Surgery journals including Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and Foot and Ankle International. He currently serves as a reviewer for Foot and Ankle International.

Carroll Jones, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
Residency: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Fellowship: Foot and Ankle, Michael Coughlin Fellowship in Boise Idaho

A native of Atlanta, Dr. Jones received a bachelor's degree in biology with highest honors from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. His training continued at the Medical College of Georgia, where his passion for surgery and anatomy inspired him to pursue a career in orthopaedics. He completed his orthopaedic residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery with Michael Coughlin, MD, in Boise, Idaho. Dr. Jones is a member of the nationally recognized O.L. Miller Foot and Ankle Institute and has become an expert in new techniques for the management of complex deformities.

Anthony Kwon
Anthony Kwon, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: University of Michigan
Medical School: University of Virginia
Residency: New York-Presbyterian Hospital
Fellowship: Spine, Panorama Spine Center Denver, CO

Dr. Kwon currently serves as a spine surgery consultant for the Charlotte Hornets basketball team.

 
Eric B. Laxer, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Spine Section Vice Chief

Undergraduate School: Vanier College, Montreal, Quebec
Medical School: McGill University Faculty of Medicine, Montreal, Quebec
Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, McGill University Faculty of Medicine
Fellowship: Spine Surgery fellowship, McGill University Faculty of Medicine, 
Spine Surgery Fellowship, State University of New York at Buffalo

Dr. Laxer was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and attended Vanier College before earning his medical degree from McGill University Faculty of Medicine where he also stayed for residency and the first of his two fellowships. He also did fellowship training at State University of New York at Buffalo. He has called Charlotte home for several decades. He is married to Judy, a pediatric dentist. His clinical interests involve conditions associated with degenerative spine disorders. He is the spine section chief here at Atrium Musculoskeletal Institute and the medical director of the Atrium Health Mercy Spine Program. He is a member of the Cervical Spine Research Society, Lumbar Spine Research Society, North American Spine Society, and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. In addition to his clinical duties and clinical research, Dr. Laxer is committed to resident and fellow education, hosting teaching sessions monthly with industry sponsorship in an effort to consistently provide a variety of learning opportunities.

Daniel R. Lewis, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: Youngstown State University
Medical School: Medical College of Ohio
Residency: Michigan State University
Fellowships: Hand and Upper Extremity, The Indiana Hand Center

As a fellowship-trained specialist, Dr. Lewis brings a wealth of knowledge to his practice as a hand specialist. His educational career began in the state of Ohio where he obtained his undergraduate and medical degree. Dr. Lewis made the Dean's List each year and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Youngstown State University. While obtaining his medical degree, Dr. Lewis developed an interest in orthopaedic research and served as a Research Assistant for the Medical College of Ohio - Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. His background in collecting data has served him well and he has gone on to contribute to several papers and presentations dealing with orthopaedic interests. He also participates in the brachial plexus clinic. Throughout his career, Dr. Lewis has participated in extracurricular and charitable projects. By actively raising funds for both "Race for the Cure" and the Humane Societies, he has been able to give back and become a well-rounded member of the communities he supports in a medical capacity.

Bryan Loeffler, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: University of Maryland, College Park
Medical School: University of Maryland
Residency: Carolinas Medical Center
Fellowships: Shoulder and Elbow, Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University; Hand and Upper Extremity, The Philadelphia Hand Center at Thomas Jefferson University

Dr. Loeffler completed his residency here at Carolinas Medical Center and is a past CMC research fellow. He went on to pursue a dual fellowship in Shoulder and Elbow and Hand and Upper Extremity at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Loeffler specializes in the entire spectrum of hand and upper extremity disorders from the fingertips to the shoulder. He has a special interest in complex elbow conditions, peripheral nerve injuries, and amputee care. He participates in the brachial plexus clinic and the Reconstructive Center for Lost Limbs, both of which are highly unique educational opportunities for residents. Dr. Loeffler has been active in clinical and basic science research, with presentations at the national and international levels. He has received research grants to fund various clinical studies as well as a basic science study on biologic solutions to improve rotator cuff healing. He has authored numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on topics ranging from forearm injuries to shoulder and elbow replacement. He has also participated in two international medical missions, providing orthopaedic surgical care in underserved areas. Dr. Loeffler is a former NCAA Division I wrestler at the University of Maryland, and he remains active by running and spending time with his wife, Jennifer, and their two sons and daughter.

 
John Masonis, MD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Chief of Adult Reconstruction Service

Undergraduate School: Lehigh University
Medical School: Thomas Jefferson University
Residency: Carolinas Medical Center
Fellowship: Adult Hip and Knee Reconstruction/Joint Replacement, London Health Sciences Center

Dr. Masonis began practice in Charlotte in 2002. He is a graduate and former football captain of Lehigh University. He earned his medical degree, graduating summa cum laude, from Jefferson Medical College. After completing his orthopaedic surgery residency at the Carolinas Medical Center, Dr. Masonis received an internationally recognized fellowship in adult hip and knee reconstruction at the London Health Sciences Center in Canada. His additional training in hip and knee preserving surgery was completed in the University of California at San Diego and Oxford University in England. He serves as the faculty chief of adult hip and knee reconstruction for the Carolinas Medical Center residency program and continues his passion as a surgeon, researcher and educator. Dr. Masonis is actively involved in clinical research and developing improved surgical techniques for hip and knee replacement surgery. He has published numerous scientific articles and authored multiple book chapters on the topics of hip joint preservation and hip replacement. His recent research has focused on the study and design of bone conserving hip surgery implants in hopes of developing a better solution for young adults with disabling hip arthritis. Outside of his professional life, Dr Masonis enjoys the North Carolina outdoors. His interests include fly-fishing, hiking and cycling.

R. Alden Milam, MD
R. Alden Milam IV, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: Furman University
Medical School: Vanderbilt University
Residency: University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Spine, Case Western Reserve University

 

Dr. Milam specializes in spine surgery. He received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University and completed his residency at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Milam went on to complete a fellowship in orthopaedic spine surgery at Case Western Reserve.

Scott O'Neal
Scott O'Neal, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: University of California, San Diego
Medical School: University of Michigan
Residency: University of Miami/Jackson Memorial
Fellowship: Sports Medicine, OrthoCarolina Sports Medicine Center

Head Team Physician for the Wingate Bulldogs
Head Team Physician for the Ballantyne Smokies
Team Physician for Ardrey Kell High School

Jesse Otero, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: Stanford University
Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis
Residency: University of Iowa Hospitals
Fellowship: Adult Reconstruction, OrthoCarolina

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Resident Member
American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons Arthroplasty Surgeon in Training
Reviewer - Journal of Arthroplasty
Reviewer – Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
Reviewer – Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Reviews
Member AAHKS Research Committee – 2017- Present

Michael Paloski, DO, MBA
Michael Paloski, DO, MBA

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: The Ohio State University
Medical School: The Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Doctors Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
Fellowship: Pediatric Orthopaedics, Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Paloski specializes in pediatric orthopaedic at OrthoCarolina's Pediatric Center of Excellence. Originally from Ohio, he completed his undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University and attended the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine for his medical education. He completed a residency through the OhioHealth health system in Columbus, OH, and while in residency also completed his MBA at Franklin University. After a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Dr. Paloski moved to Charlotte in 2012. His interests include scoliosis, trauma and fracture care, pediatric foot and ankle disorders, neuromuscular disorders, and skeletal dysplasias. He currently resides in Charlotte with his wife, Jennifer, and enjoys music, food, and traveling.

Dana Piasecki, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: Harvard University
Medical School: Vanderbilt University
Residency: Hospital for Special Surgery
Fellowship: Sports Medicine, Rush University

Dr. Dana Piasecki's medical career has taken him all over the nation. His education began with an undergraduate degree in Biology at Harvard University. He then moved south to obtain his doctorate in medicine from Vanderbilt and back north to New York to complete an orthopaedic surgery residency at the esteemed Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Piasecki completed his Sports Medicine Fellowship at Rush University Medical Center, where he also served as Assistant Team Physician for the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls, and Head Team Physician for the Chicago Steel hockey squad. During his fellowship year, he instructed orthopaedic surgery residents and authored more than twenty peer reviewed publications. He is currently active in cutting edge orthopaedic research, serves as a surgeon educator, and is the Director of OrthoCarolina’s Sports Medicine/Shoulder & Elbow Fellowship Program. In addition to his professional pursuits, Dr. Piasecki has a long personal history with athletics. He is a former rower, waterpolo player, Division I NCAA swimmer, and was a member of the United States National Flatwater Sprint Kayaking Team (1996-2000). He was an U.S. Olympic Training Center resident athlete for two years, narrowly missing a 2000 Olympic kayaking berth and winning medals at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, U.S. National Championships, World sprint Team Trials and Canadian National Championships. He now serves as a volunteer physician for the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Alfred Rhyne
Alfred Rhyne, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: Davidson College
Medical School: University of North Carolina
Residency: Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital
Fellowship: Spine, University of Maryland

Research:  Oxiplex improves outcomes after lumbar discectomy
Relievant Study: SMART – Surgical Multi-center Assessment of RF Ablation for the Treatment of Vertebrogenic Back Pain

Jonathan Riboh
Jonathan Riboh, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: Northwestern University
Medical School: Stanford University
Residency: Duke University
Fellowship: Sports Medicine, Rush University

Dr. Riboh settled in North Carolina after completion of his fellowship.  He spent 5 years at Duke University, where he established a reputation for excellence in sports medicine.  First and foremost, Dr. Riboh built a robust practice in pediatric and adult sports medicine, treating surgical and non-surgical conditions of the knee and shoulder.  He also served as the director of sports medicine research at Duke and ran a laboratory in translational cartilage biology.  Perhaps his greatest source of pride was serving as a team physician for a large number of Duke athletes.  He was the head team physician for men and women’s lacrosse, softball, swimming and diving, volleyball and softball, co-head team physician for Duke football, and assistant team physician for Duke Men’s basketball.  Dr. Riboh takes great pride in understanding the unique dynamics and requirements of each sport and is facile in navigating communication with coaches, athletes, trainers and all other stakeholders.  This experience at the Division 1 level benefits all of his patients, whether Little Leaguers or professional athletes.   He was then recruited to join the team at OrthoCarolina.

Bryan Saltzman
Bryan Saltzman, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: Case Western Reserve University
Medical School: Rush Medical College
Residency: Rush University Medical Center
Fellowship: Sports Medicine & Shoulder/Elbow, OrthoCarolina

Dr. Saltzman received his Doctorate of Medicine from Rush Medical College and remained in Chicago at the esteemed Rush University Medical Center for his orthopaedic surgery residency. He completed his Sports Medicine and Shoulder/Elbow Fellowship at OrthoCarolina, where he helped to provide orthopaedic coverage and care for a number of high school, collegiate, and professional teams in Charlotte. He was recruited to stay at OrthoCarolina, where he now specializes in adolescent and adult complex sports medicine, knee, shoulder, and elbow surgery with particular clinical and research interest in ligament reconstruction, cartilage restoration, meniscus transplantation, shoulder instability, and throwing shoulder/elbow pathology. With his well-regarded research prowess and over 100 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Saltzman serves as the Director of Sports Medicine Research at OrthoCarolina. He additionally is the Head Team Physician for University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte) 49ers Men's Division I athletics and the Stumptown Athletic (NISA professional soccer team) and will be the Assistant Team Physician for the Charlotte F.C. (Major League Soccer) professional soccer team beginning play in 2022. 

P. Bradley Segebarth, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: University of Kentucky
Medical School: University of Kentucky
Residency: Vanderbilt University
Fellowship: Spine, OrthoCarolina Spine Center

Dr. Segebarth specializes in orthopaedic spine surgery. He received his medical degree from University of Kentucky. Dr. Segebarth completed his residency at Vanderbilt University and went on to pursue a fellowship in orthopaedic spine surgery at the OrthoCarolina Spine Center.

Scott Shawen
Scott Shawen, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: Brigham Young University
Medical School: Duke University
Residency: Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Fellowship: Foot & Ankle, Miller Orthopaedic

Dr. Shawen's medical career has taken him all over the world. Prior to joining OrthoCarolina, Dr. Shawen served as an Associate Professor of Surgery at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland and Residency Program Director and Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Service Chief at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. While at Walter Reed, Dr. Shawen focused on lower extremity trauma and amputation surgery and was intimately involved in the care of wounded soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Shawen deployed with the 14th Combat Support Hospital and supported the 7th Group Special Forces during his tour, caring for many local nationals and injured coalition soldiers. He is very happy to return to Charlotte after retiring from 21 years of military service. Dr. Shawen and his wife Linda have five children. He enjoys outdoor activities, woodworking, biking, and time with his family.

Leo R. Spector, MD
Leo R. Spector, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: Colgate University
Medical School: University of Massachusetts
Residency: University of Massachusetts
Fellowship: Spine, OrthoCarolina Spine Center

Dr. Spector specializes in orthopaedic spine surgery and has been at OrthoCarolina since 2006. He completed medical school and his residency at the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Spector then went on to pursue a fellowship in orthopaedic spine surgery here at the OrthoCarolina Spine Center. He specializes in adult degenerative spine and is a member of the Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS) and Lumbar Spine Research Society (LSRS) as well as the former president of the North Carolina Spine Society (NCSS). He also currently serves as a board member on the OrthoCarolina Foundation and is on the research advisory committee for OrthoCarolina Research Institute. Dr. Spector hails from Boston and his hobbies include sailing.

Bryan Springer
Bryan Springer, MD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: Lynchburg College
Medical School: Marshall University
Residency: Mayo Clinic
Fellowship: Adult Reconstruction, Harvard University, Brigham & Women's Hospital

Fellowship Director -- OrthoCarolina Hip & Knee Center, 2011 - present
Medical Director & Co-Founder - Operation Walk Carolinas

Alan Ward, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: Franklin and Marshall College
Medical School: University of Pittsburg
Residency: West Virginia University
Fellowship: Hand and Microvascular Reconstruction, University of Louisville

At age 12, Dr. Ward knew he wanted to be a physician. As a youngster, he always enjoyed repairing and building things, so when he realized that orthopaedics could "fix" people, he chose to pursue the field. As an orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Ward now specializes in the repair of the hands and upper extremities. The most rewarding moment in his career came when one of his patients, a child, painted him a picture with their "new hand." Dr. Ward has been in orthopaedic practice in Charlotte since 1985. His interests include hand, elbow and shoulder surgery. He recently participated in the Phase 2 and 3 speed fracture healing. Other interests include joint replacements of the wrist and hand for arthritis, peripheral nerve surgery and arthroscopic surgery. When he is not providing advanced surgical techniques or teaching orthopaedic residents at Carolinas Medical Center, Dr. Ward enjoys the beach and triathlon training.

Durham Weeks
Durham Weeks, III, MD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Undergraduate School: Duke University
Medical School: Vanderbilt University
Residency: The Hospital for Special Surgery
Fellowship: Sports Medicine, The Hospital for Special Surgery

Head Team Physician for Davidson College Athletics
Assistant Team Physician for the Carolina Panthers
Head Team Physician Independence High School
Team physician for NY Giants, 2014-2015
Team physician for RedBulls Soccer, 2014-2015

 

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